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  • Newest iPad Peripheral: A Mercedes

    With previous projects embedding iPads in cars, and the tablet's increasing visibility as a business tool, it was probably just matter of time before the device found its way into some high-end corporate luxury limo. That time has come: take a look at iBusiness, a highly-customized Mercedes-Benz S600 with dual keyboard-equipped iPads in the seat backs, a built-in Mac mini, wireless networking attached to an external 3G radio and a 64GB iPod touch in the dash to control it all. Oh yeah, and it can go 0 to 60 in four seconds.

    Brabus, the elite "supercar" tuners from Bottrop, Germany, built their fame making fabulously expensive retrofits of Mercedes, Smart and Maybach cars, adding racing suspensions, huge engines and sophisticated electronics. Brabus engineers took the S-class Benz's stock 5.5 liter V-12 engine and stroked and bored it out to 6.3 liters and added larger turbochargers and a stainless-steel exhaust pipe. The mods boost the already-impressive 510-horsepower powerplant to an insane 740 horsepower, and allow the iBusiness to hit 124 mph in 11.9 seconds out to a maximum speed electronically limited to 211 mph to keep the tires from flying off the 21-inch alloy wheels.

    All the onboard tech integrates with the Mercedes-Benz COckpit MAnagement And Data system - COMAND for short - which links together all audio, telematics and telecommunications functions on the Benz. It can be controlled through a custom iOS app from either of the two iPads or the iPod touch in the center console. The iPads link into the car's onboard WiFi, with internet backhaul via UMTS and HSDPA connections from an external antenna. And when the executives in this super-limo need some real computing power, they can access the Mac mini under the seat via a drop-down 15-inch display and USB 2.0 ports.

    There's no price given for this monster, but given that the stock S600 starts at $150,000, this is probably a case of "if you have to ask, you can't afford it." The iBusiness package is also available as a retrofit for people who already have S600s.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Newest iPad Peripheral: A Mercedes started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      That has to be the most retarded thing I have ever seen rofl.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      That is pretty weak.
      Seen many European Imports with 22"+ monitor using full PC in the trunk, hell I had it on my Toyota.
      Even 42" plasma on a Scion which is old news, expect more on a Mercedes than just iPad and a Mac Mini...

      Quote Originally Posted by lsufan51 View Post
      Engines and ipads, whatelse does a man need?
      A full computer maybe even a server, bigger screen, woman, mansion, better car, etc. To answer your question plenty.
    1. striker_kk's Avatar
      striker_kk -
      Wait a min! Did I just hear Mac mini?? I think Mercedes must have MacPro Quadcore.
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Nice post Paul, covering my two pasions cars and apple, and very well described.
    1. heyisti's Avatar
      heyisti -
      that is pretty nice
    1. photoguru's Avatar
      photoguru -
      They've got a Brabus V12 for sale. Limo..........one of ten. It's only 592K euros. Let's see, that's only 755K dollars.
    1. GranDaddyPurp's Avatar
      GranDaddyPurp -
      700+ hp? Sounds like my kind of car. But with a V12, I know I'm gonna be filling up every 2miles.
    1. slap690's Avatar
      slap690 -
      Can anybody in this forum actually afford something like this? Then why do we care? I'm sure we'll see an ipad in the next space shuttle launch. Whoop-it-e-do
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I am sure there are plenty of people on this forum that can afford it no problem.
    1. froger_ku's Avatar
      froger_ku -
      why didn't you just buy a MacBook ...
      iPad + Wireless Keyboard = Seems like MacBook and more worth i think
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      i thought that was a maybach but who cares?! that looks awesome. too bad itll b too much $$$
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      This is a Brabus. That means the stock $150,000 v12 Mercedez is already being more than doubled in price (>$300,000) without the iPads, iPods, and minis. I'm sorry, but this kind of useless crap for only the super rich doesn't belong on this site. What a joke.

      How about taking a car none of us can afford, double the price, then add way more to the price by strapping on tablets, iPods, computers...

      Ummm, NO!
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      I -wish
    1. newportgambler's Avatar
      newportgambler -
      macsoldier +1 on the wishing. brabus dealership near me with lots of lookers at lots of attitude. waste of a car